Two years after Justin Trudeau brought in more than 30,000 refugees to “help grow the Canadian economy” it’s not looking good.
“They don’t want to work,”
Two years after an influx of Syrian refugees began, it’s almost easy to forget that Waterloo Region took in an unprecedented 1,835 newcomers in the space of a year from that country alone.
The newcomers have largely assimilated into the community, even as the public and quiet shows of support from the rest of the community that characterized their early days have disappeared.
Maissaa Almustafa has a unique perspective on the situation. She’s a board member with Reception House – a lead agency when it comes to integrating refugees into Waterloo Region. She’s also a political science instructor at Wilfrid Laurier University, and was born and raised in Syria herself.
Asked how many of the region’s recent arrivals from Syria have found stable employment, she says “not a lot” have.
“Most of them depend on welfare at the moment,” she says.